Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has met with President Bola Tinubu regarding the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
During a private meeting with the President on Thursday, Mbah emphasized the importance of extending a hand of fellowship to the South-East people through Kanu’s release.
The governor noted that Kanu has received several favorable court judgments over his prosecution, making his release a viable option.
Mbah believed that Kanu’s release will contribute to the national healing process, which has already been initiated by the President.
“We have a number of dominant assets in Enugu which we believe partnering with the Federal Government, we’re able to transform them into productive assets.
“A lot of people do not know but we have huge mineral resources in a new group. And these resources are sitting under our ground not being productive. So, we believe with the partnership we’re trying to basically build with the Federal Government, we’re able to transform these assets into productive assets.
“Of course, you know that the growth level we have proposed is one that is going to be driven by private sector and private sector want the ease of doing business and one of the core indicators of the ease of doing business is security and infrastructure.
“So, we also had that conversation with Mr. President. We have made a very strong announcement. We’ve banned sit-at-home on Mondays in Enugu. And obviously, what that means is that we will, of course, need to, you know, heighten our security, tackle the challenges that would flow from that, and, you know, essentially that’s what I have come to do.
“And finally, we also of course, talked about the release of Nnamdi Kanu. You know, that the South East has made a collective demand to have Nnamdi Kanu released. And we basically identified with that and request Mr. President, who in his inaugural address promised the people that he’s going to engender national healing and he’s going to serve with compassion.
“So, we’ve basically informed him that this would serve as a pointer to his administration’s extension of hands of fellowship.”